Council agrees Council Tax freeze for 2022/2023

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No increase in Council Tax again this coming year for Selby District Council, as the authority agreed to freeze the charge at Full Council (24 February).  

This means that between April 2022 and March 2023 Selby District Council’s part of the Council Tax bill will stay the same as this year to cover all the services it delivers, including bin collections, environmental health, enforcement, and responding to emergencies such as Covid-19 and flooding. This decision is in recognition of the financial challenges many residents are experiencing due to the ongoing pandemic. 

This will be the last year that Selby District Council decides on Council Tax levels. From March 2023 it will be the new unitary authority that will set the rates for the whole of North Yorkshire. 

Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Crane, said: “I am pleased that Full Council voted in favour to freeze our share of the Council Tax bill for a second year. This decision provides households with certainty at a time of continued financial challenges. 

“We provide a range of high-quality services to our residents, and I am proud that we will be able to continue to do this for the next year. The recent years have been challenging for everyone, as your local authority, we’ve adapted to continue delivering our services. We have continued to collect bins, process planning applications, provide housing and homelessness support, distributed multiple Covid business grants, and supported communities and businesses to operate safely. We are now working together with other district and borough Councils and North Yorkshire County Council to plan the implementation of the new North Yorkshire Authority. 

“Households might see their overall bill increase depending on the decisions taken by other authorities that receive money from Council Tax. The portion set by Selby District Council will be frozen and residents won’t be paying extra for our services.” 

“This year we have also opened a new Council Tax online service. This new service will allow residents to receive paperless bills. As well as manage and update their bills at a time that suits them." 

Although it’s Selby District Council’s name at the top of the Council Tax bill, it goes to fund all sorts of local services. Alongside the District and County Council elements, which are used to run services such as care homes, roads, and household waste and recycling collections, it also helps to fund the local police service, the fire and rescue service, and parish or town councils. The total amount for each household is subject to the budgets from the other organisations too. 

North Yorkshire County Council has decided to increase their share of the Council Tax by 3.99% (which includes 2% for Adult Social Care Precept). The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has also increased their shares by 3.69% for the Police and 1.98% for the Fire service. Some local Parish and Town Councils have also increased their share of the Council Tax, but this will vary between parishes. The average bill for a mid-sized (Band D) home in Selby district will be around £2,067.41 for a year. 

This year the council has opened a new Council Tax online service. Through the online service residents will be able to manage, update, pay and register for paperless billing at any time. Residents will need to sign up for the online service. More information is available at https://www.selby.gov.uk/manage-your-council-tax-online.   

The easiest way to pay Council Tax is by automatic Direct Debit each month. A sign-up form can be downloaded from this website (search under ‘Council Tax’), or residents can call 01757 705101. 

Find out more about Council Tax. – https://www.selby.gov.uk/council-tax